Here's an image for tomorrow's UV index forecast as supplied by the Beaurea of Meteorology. Let me just add that tomorrow is going to be mild weather compared to what we have been getting.
So, what is the must have beauty product this Summer?
Sunscreen.I have very fair skin and get sunburnt quite easily, at least once a year I manage to get sunburnt because I neglected to apply or reapply sunscreen or use a strong enough sun protection factor (SPF).
Sunscreen is important even if you don't think you will be going out in the sun or it's overcast, as even a few minutes in high UV can be damaging and cloud cover does not stop damaging UV rays.
The Australian Cancer Council recommend using sunscreen if the UV index is higher then 3.
I'm sure that we get some UV index's lower then 3 on the odd occasion, perhaps during winter, but it's probably safer to just assume the UV index is always over 3.
Sunscreen is important, it's that simple.
For every day use a general purpose body lotion with added sunscreen is a good option. Select one that offers UVA/UVB protection with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15 (SPF 15) for daily use. Ensure your face cream also provides UVA/UVB protection.
If you are intending to spend a bit of time in the sun you want to amp it up and go for a broardspectrum SPF 30+ or even SPF 50 + sunscreen.
Why? Because sunburn sucks, that's why. So does skin cancer, even though it doesn't show up straight away like sunburn. And neither are very attractive. But did you know sunscreen also helps with wrinkle prevention? Another good reason to add it to your daily beauty regime.
According to Wikipedia: 'A 2013 study concluded that the diligent, everyday application of sunscreen can slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. The study involved 900 white people in Australia and required some of them to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day for four and a half years. It found that people who did so had noticeably more resilient and smoother skin than those assigned to continue their usual practices.'
Then once you've slathered sunscreen onto every inch of exposed skin double up your protection with your beauty balm and lip balm.
In fact you can get pretty much every beauty product with some form of sun protection added. It's worth paying that little bit extra attention and buying the product with sun protection when you live in our harsh Australian climate.
Then go right ahead and triple up your protection with a hat or your favourite parasol, or both. Then pray that you've done enough to not get sunburnt, go out and enjoy your Aussie summer!
All products pictured here I use regularly and are straight out of my bathroom cabinet, accept the parasol, I don't keep that in the bathroom cabinet, I keep it with my vintage parasols. I hereby promise to try harder to use my sunscreen more regularly.